Ed van der Elsken

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Ed van der Elsken was born in Amsterdam in 1925. He lives and works in Paris from 1950 to 1954. In this period, he lives with Ata Kando and her 3 children.
He moves back to Amsterdam and lives there from 1954 to 1971. He travels a lot for his work, for instance to Bagara, Central Africa in 1957, and makes a long world trip in1959 and 1960 with Gerda van der Veen, his second wife.Shortly after, they have two children Tinelou and Daan. During his many travels, he makes reports in colour for the monthly magazine Avenue.
From 1971, he lives in the country near Edam. In this period, he often travels to Japan and also works in Amsterdam. He is living with Anneke Hilhorst and they have a son named John. In 1988 he is diagnosed with cancer. He dies in 1990.

Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) – the ‘enfant terrible’ of Dutch photography – was a talented photographer and filmmaker who expressed his meetings with people in photos, photo books and films for more than 40 years. Strolling through cities such as Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Amsterdam or travelling through Africa and Japan, he preferably took photographs of striking individuals with character. His first photo book was published in 1956 Love on the left bank, which instantly made him world-famous. Some twenty photo books followed. He also made several television films, mostly about subjects regarding his own life.

Claire Droppert

Sand comes alive and creatures are born in frozen moments of weightlessness...

My name is Claire Droppert and I’m a freelance photographer and graphic designer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

I have lived by the coast for the majority of my life. I’ve been inspired by the wide open expanse of coastlines, together with the more traditional features of the inland landscapes. Throughout I consistently focus and combine both simplicity and minimalism to achieve a dreamy artistic approach to my photography.

My photographic preference is for landscapes and desolate / open spaces. The locations allow myself to subtly maintain a unique and silent feel to my work. Within my Silence series I continually strive to incorporate a strong vision, modern editing techniques, soft tones and smooth lines in an inspiring and appealing way. I also try to engage with the world around me by incorporating my vision, thoughts and ideas into modern urban architecture.

My work has been exhibited in New York, Brussels and Rotterdam. More of my images have appeared in publications including Discovery magazine, Instaphotographers Annual, Photo digitaal magazine, HP de Tijd, Algemeen dagblad and Get inspired magazine.

Media outlets that have also featured my photography are The Huffington Post, Wired, ABC News,Lightroom, Gizmodo, This is Colossal, Visual News, Cult of Mac, Fastcodesign, Design You Trust, Fubiz, Crispme, Bloginity, The Blaze and Photographyblogger, along with many more national and international art, design, and news websites.

Hellen van Meene

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Hellen van Meene (Alkmaar, Netherlands, 1972) is known for her (mostly) square photographic portraits of teenage girls. Her work was first exhibited in 1996 and has been shown around the world since then. Her photos are in the collection of many prominent museums, including Guggenheim NYC and MoMA. She lives and works in Heiloo and her subjects now include boys, still lifes, dogs and other animals.

Cornelie Tollens

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Edwin Giesbers

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Edwin Giesbers is a professional freelance nature photographer who lives in Nijmegen (the Netherlands).
Already during early childhood he has been exploring nature in his own residential environment. Already at the age of 16 he started combining his love for nature with photography. Since 2005 Edwin is a dedicated fulltime nature photographer.

Edwin creates complet stories (pictures and text) for several magazines. Articles has been published in renowned magazines such as BBC Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic, Terre Sauvage and Camera Natura. In 2011 he was commissioned by National Geographic and Dutch Media to produce a book on nature photography in the Netherlands and Belgium. In the Netherlands, Edwin is commissioned by magazines such as Roots magazine and National Geographic Magazine.

Worldwide his pictures have been awarded in several leading international photo competitions. Including multiple first prices at the European Nature Photographer of the Year and Natures Best contest. Examples can be found at the award page.

His work is represented bij Nature Picture Library (England), an international leading photo agency which has a partnership with Minden Pictures (US). Since 2009 Edwin has joined IEPA (International Environment Photographers Association). He also supports the work of Orangutan Outreach Netherlands with images and presentations.

In the beginning of the year 2014 Edwin started his project “Frogs Life Project” which aims to draw attention to endangered amphibians. Through photo stories in magazines, exhibitions and a book about frogs Edwin hopes to spread knowledge about amphibians. A fixed percentage of the nett sales is going to organizations that are commited to protect amphibians and also do research on the diseases that threaten the amphibians. More about this project: http://www.frogs-life.com

Edwin says:
People ask me quite often why I became a professional nature photographer. What else? Already as a young boy I explored the beauty of nature around my home. I could found often on my knees crawling throug the field where I had exciting encounters with strange-looking insects and friendly croaking frogs. There is nothing more beautiful than that! Nowadays nature photography is still an excuse for me to crawl around in a field with beautiful flowers and small animals. Just like in my early childhood, but now with a camera in my hands.

Ed van der Elsken

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Ed van der Elsken was born in Amsterdam in 1925. He lives and works in Paris from 1950 to 1954. In this period, he lives with Ata Kando and her 3 children.
He moves back to Amsterdam and lives there from 1954 to 1971. He travels a lot for his work, for instance to Bagara, Central Africa in 1957, and makes a long world trip in1959 and 1960 with Gerda van der Veen, his second wife.Shortly after, they have two children Tinelou and Daan. During his many travels, he makes reports in colour for the monthly magazine Avenue.
From 1971, he lives in the country near Edam. In this period, he often travels to Japan and also works in Amsterdam. He is living with Anneke Hilhorst and they have a son named John. In 1998 he is diagnosed with cancer. He dies in 1990.

Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) – the ‘enfant terrible’ of Dutch photography – was a talented photographer and filmmaker who expressed his meetings with people in photos, photo books and films for more than 40 years. Strolling through cities such as Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Amsterdam or travelling through Africa and Japan, he preferably took photographs of striking individuals with character. His first photo book was published in 1956 Love on the left bank, which instantly made him world-famous. Some twenty photo books followed. He also made several television films, mostly about subjects regarding his own life.

Erwin Olaf

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Born in 1959 in Hilversum (the Netherlands), lives in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

Erwin Olaf’s art implicitly visualises the unspoken, the overlooked, that which typically resists easy documentation. Olaf’s trademark is to address social issues, taboos and bourgeois conventions within the framework of a highly stylised and cunning mode of imagery. With the aid of his razor-sharp aesthetic intuition, Olaf purposely conceals his themes so that the viewer unconsciously and initially accepts the concealment found in his photo series. Yet in the end, his unconventional style never fails to deliver dramatic visual and emotional impact. By providing scenic and striking design, along with the utmost perfect composition in his typical, immaculate ‘OWN’ style, combined with his passion for conceiving flawless scenarios, he vividly captures the essence of contemporary life.

Mixing photojournalism with studio photography, Olaf emerged on the international art scene in 1988, when his series Chessmen was awarded the first prize in the Young European Photographer competition. This award was followed by an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany in the same year. In his earlier work on the subject of social exclusion Olaf was deliberately disturbing with the intention of raising awareness and he was dedicated towards exploring issues of class, race, sexual taste, beliefs, habits and grace. In the series Rain (2004), Hope (2005), Grief (2007) and Fall (2008) Olaf challenges the notion of domestic bliss. Dusk (2009) and Dawn (2010) show how culture can become repression, despite a beautiful appearance. A similar disengagement takes place in Olaf’s Hotel (2010) series in which he explores the subtle range of detached melancholic emotions in dimly-lit exquisitely furnished timeless hotel rooms. In the series The Siege and Relief of Leiden (2011) Olaf depicts a number of now iconic scenes from the relief and brings the leading figures together in a dramatic setting. The series Keyhole (2011/2012), centered around Erwin Olaf’s first 3D installation. The Keyhole (already in the collection of the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands and the Samsung Children’s Museum, Seoul, South Korea) balances on the thin line between intimacy, shame and feelings of guilt. In 2012 Erwin Olaf created the series Berlin, entirely shot on location. Using historically important settings in Berlin Erwin Olaf shows children and (young) adults in a transcendent relation with each other. In 2014 a new multimedia project named Waiting will be shown for the first time to the public.

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